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Ersan Ilyasova exploded on Tuesday with a season-high 16 boards to go with 27 points, two assists, three steals, one block, two 3-pointers and no turnovers in 36 minutes against the Sixers.

He shot 10-of-17 from the field and 5-of-6 from the line to make this a monster nine-cat line. Ersan matched his season high in scoring that was set in his last game on Monday and it looks like it's time to fall in love with him once again. Despite how annoying he's been all year, his upside is just too high to leave on any waiver wires right now.
Tue, Jan 22, 2013 11:45:00 PM

Julius Randle ended up with 18 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists over 30 minutes in Friday's 124-102 victory against the Lakers.

Randle finished 9-of-14 from the field while turning in an impressive plus-27 rating. It was his fifth-career triple-double, and the only thing that went wrong was he ended up 0-of-1 from the free-throw line. But that's splitting hairs. Randle certainly looked rejuvenated after the All-Star break. He has made at least seven successful field goals in nine consecutive outings. He'll look to keep it rolling Saturday in Sacramento against the NBA's 20th-ranked scoring defense.
Feb 24 - 2:13 AM

Wilson Chandler pulled down a season-high 16 rebounds in Friday's win over the Spurs, adding 18 points, three assists and four triples in 38 minutes.

This was his third double-double of the season and his fourth career game with at least 16 rebounds -- his career-high is 17 set back in 2010. He's on fire right now and has played 34+ minutes in four straight contests, averaging 18.0 points, 7.8 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 1.0 steals and 2.5 triples in that span. He's worth owning while he's hot, but his minutes could be in jeopardy when Paul Millsap (wrist) returns.
Feb 24 - 1:19 AM

Nikola Jokic led the Nuggets to a 122-119 win over the Spurs on Friday, posting his third straight triple-double with 28 points, 11 assists and 11 rebounds.

The Joker finished 10-of-16 from the field and 5-of-7 from the line, adding three triples in 34 minutes. Jokic and the Nuggets have now won four straight games and are tied with the Blazers for the No. 6 seed out West. "I think there's some people that understand what Nikola's doing, what we're doing but overall I think a lot of people, they don't even understand what's going on right now in Denver," coach Mike Malone said after the game. Led by Jokic, Gary Harris and Jamal Murray, this team is on the rise and they are only going to become more dangerous with Paul Millsap (wrist) due back soon.
Feb 24 - 1:05 AM

LaMarcus Aldridge (knee soreness) returned from a two-game absence in Friday's 122-119 loss to the Nuggets, scoring a game-high 38 points in 36 minutes.

Coach Gregg Popovich talked about resting LMA before the All-Star break so he wouldn't have to do it down the stretch, so we'll see if he keeps his word. Popovich also said he'd be "surprised" if Kahwi Leonard (quad, personal) played again this season, meaning Aldridge could carry the offense the rest of the way. He's locked in as an early-round asset and hit 13-of-23 shots and 12-of-14 free throws with five rebounds, three assists and one steal.
Feb 24 - 12:47 AM

Tobias Harris scored 30 points with 12 rebounds, four assists, one steal, two blocks and five 3-pointers against the Suns on Friday.

That's a season-high in boards and just his second double-double. The Suns had no answer for him early as the Clips got out to a 19-0 lead, and the Clippers scored 40 in the first quarter alone. Even before this gem, Harris continues to be a steady hand with his new team, averaging 17.9 points, 6.7 boards, 3.0 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.7 treys. He'll be a mid-round guy going forward.
Feb 24 - 12:46 AM

Anthony Davis had another gigantic stat line in a 124-123 win over the Heat on Friday, scoring 45 points with 17 rebounds, two assists, five steals, five blocks and one 3-pointer in 41 minutes.

Goodness. AD is posting 40-15s like he scoring a tennis match these days with three of those in his last four. His averages over his last four are almost off the charts with 42.3 points, 14.8 boards, 2.0 dimes, 4.0 steals, 3.0 blocks and 2.3 treys on 55.9 percent from the field and 83.7 percent from the line. He's just incredible when he's cruising like this.
Feb 23 - 11:52 PM

X-rays taken on Jimmy Butler's right knee came back negative.

He's not out of the woods yet and will have an MRI on Saturday morning. The Wolves are simply calling it a "right knee injury" for now, but Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports said there is "some hope around the severity." His fantasy owners should sit tight until Saturday's update, but if Butler misses time, expect several Wolves to step up including Nemanja Bjelica, Jamal Crawford and Andrew Wiggins.
Feb 23 - 10:40 PM

DeMar DeRozan scored a game-high 33 points against the Bucks during a 122-119 overtime loss at home on Friday, adding eight rebounds, four assists, two steals and two 3-pointers in 41 minutes.

That'll snap their six-game winning streak and give them just a 1.0-game lead over the Celtics. DeRozan was in a mild slump before this game and only averaged 19.1 points per game in his previous February outings. He'll likely be scoring in the 23-26 point range in the second half, but the big difference from DeRozan this year is his well-rounded stat lines.
Feb 23 - 10:30 PM

Tyreke Evans (right rib) will not return on Friday night.

He took some contact and he was grabbing his right side in pain as he went to the locker room. The team ruled him out about four minutes later in real time, but it is garbage time right now. Considering where the Grizzlies are in the standings, Evans could miss time, which would open up more run for Andrew Harrison. If you wanted to speculatively add Harrison, it's not a bad idea.
Feb 23 - 10:17 PM

Domantas Sabonis had one of his best games of the season in a win over the Hawks on Friday, scoring 21 points with 13 rebounds, three assists and one 3-pointer in 30 minutes.

Coach Nate McMillan isn't afraid to ride the hot hand and Sabonis had it tonight. As for Myles Turner, he was pretty quiet with seven points, eight rebounds and two assists in 22 minutes. Sabonis hit 9-of-13 shots and helped the Pacers out-rebound the Hawks 57-40. He's not the most reliable big, especially when Turner is healthy, but Sabonis is still doing enough to warrant ownership in standard leagues. We just wish he produced more defensive stats.
Feb 23 - 9:54 PM

Jimmy Butler (right knee) was helped to the locker room in the third quarter on Friday.

He was battling in the paint and Nene fell into his left knee, and then about a second later his right knee looked to give out on a shot attempt without taking any contact. He needed help off the floor and he didn't put weight on his right leg, so this does not look good at all. The Wolves may have to lean on Nemanja Bjelica, Jamal Crawford, Andrew Wiggins and maybe even Marcus Georges-Hunt to help out.
Feb 23 - 9:45 PM




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